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Denver’s dynamic duo

Secure your dream home, sell your old one with this team approach

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December 19th, 2014
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Buying a home and selling a home are usually disjointed efforts, yet they go hand in hand. What if you had a team of professionals helping you from start to finish? Imagine how much easier the process would be.

Sales Counselor Molly Thorne-Dhieux and Personal Moving Consultant Beth Brandenburg provide step-by-step assistance in choosing the right home for retirement and in making it a reality. Discover how easy it can be with their helpful advice:

How can people ensure they get the apartment home they want at Crest

Thorne-Dhieux: At Wind Crest, we have recently added two new residence buildings—McHenry’s Crossing, which opened in November and is nearly sold out, and Parry Landing, which will open early this year and is already 65% sold out. 

The only way to get a brand-new home on our beautiful campus is to join the priority list. Priority list members can reserve their floor plan and location in the order they join the list. Once these two buildings are sold, we may not have any more new apartments for some time, so it’s important to join now and reserve when you have the chance.

Choosing a home for retirement is a big decision. How do you help people through this process? 

Thorne-Dhieux: I spend as much time as needed with people interested in Wind Crest to answer any questions they have about the community and give them as much information as possible about life here. 

I connect them with our ambassadors—current residents—so they can get a firsthand look at what it’s like to live at Wind Crest. 

We go over floor plans to find the one that best suits their lifestyle, needs, wants, and budget. We talk about everything from floor plans to activities to food to finances to continuing care, which is available on campus in our continuing care neighborhood should someone ever need it.

Everyone has a different reason for wanting to move to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC). So we spend a lot of time making sure those needs would be met here at Wind Crest. 

What is the next step once someone chooses an apartment home at Wind Crest? 

Thorne-Dhieux: This is where my sidekick Beth Brandenburg comes in. As Wind Crest’s personal moving consultant, she takes over at this stage. She helps people visualize their new home, lay out furniture, downsize and sell their current house, and organize their move. 

Beth’s expertise takes the stress out of selling and moving because, when it comes down to it, we want the moving process to be as smooth as possible. We want you to leave your worries behind and start enjoying your new home as quickly as possible.

Beth, what services do you provide to make the selling and moving process easier?

Brandenburg: As a personal moving consultant for Wind Crest’s priority list members, I meet with homeowners to create a timeline and provide two free hours of downsizing assistance to get the wheels turning. I can also put you in touch with a Wind Crest-approved senior move manager to help you stay on track. Although you still make all the decisions, they will do the physical work of downsizing and decluttering.  

We recommend trusted real estate agents who have had success in your area, as well as moving companies. We also provide a list of contact information for donation sites, professional downsizers, and tag sale and estate sale organizations.

It’s cold and nasty outside this time of year. What can people do inside to get their house shipshape for the real estate market? 

Brandenburg: In January, start inside. Get rid of clutter and start deep cleaning. Meet with your personal moving consultant (me) and create your timeline. Buy your supplies, trash bags, boxes, tape, labels, and stickers so that you have everything you need. 

Call donation sites and schedule pickups to put on the calendar. Then work toward these dates. Schedule two-hour increments of sorting through belongings so that you are not overtired. Turn on some music and make it a pleasant experience. Begin in a room less used, such as your guest room, and tackle the closet and dresser drawers. Then move on to all closets, one at a time. Save the master bedroom closet for last.  

By now, you should be feeling pretty productive and can move into the kitchen and work on the cabinets. Your timeline will keep you on track. If you have an attic or basement, these can be scheduled next, one at a time. 

You may need family to assist, or ask your personal moving consultant for a referral to a professional downsizer. 

Is there a definite spring market anymore, or is any time a good time to put your house on the market? 

Brandenburg: There is a definite spring market. The anticipation of moving into a new home for buyers is very strong coming out of the winter. Last year, we saw feverish activity going into the spring selling season. There is, however, more competition for sellers as listings surge during this time. 

That being said, there is not a bad time of year to sell a house in the Denver Metro area. We have fewer buyers during the winter months, but they are the serious buyers.

If we have another bad winter, when do you expect the market to pick up, and when should people aim to have their house ready?

Brandenburg: A particularly bad winter can create a boost in the early spring as many folks can get stir-crazy being huddled up inside for too long. 

Generally speaking, homeowners can’t time the market perfectly when it comes to selling. After the New Year, start getting your house ready. The market is in steady upswing from mid January all the way through the middle of summer.

Moving and putting your house on the market is a process, but it’s a doable one with the right resources and support. For more information about moving services, contact the Wind Crest sales office at 1-800-710-1085.

Get your house on the market in just two months

Some houses may not take that much preparation to get onto the market.  A house does not have to be completely downsized to market, but the rooms need to be decluttered, depersonalized, and freshened up so that they shine. Your personal moving consultant will customize a timeline according to your needs and wants.

January 15 – 31: Plan

Meet with the personal moving consultant to get recommendations for a real estate agent and professional downsizer.

Meet with the real estate agent for a market analysis and consultation.

Meet with a professional downsizer for a consultation.

February 1 – 28: Prepare

Assess your house with the personal moving consultant and real estate agent for their suggestions on home preparation.

Hire vendors to complete suggested tasks. 

February 15 – March 1: Put your house on the market!

List your home.

Keep it tidy for showings and open houses.